Katie had a softball game on Saturday. Oh. My. Gosh. It was the longest two-and-a-half hours of my life that I’ll never get back. This was an away game with another league that has different rules. For example, they don’t have a run rule or a time rule. Which meant that we sat there and watched girl after girl walk around the bases. One hour after the game started we were only into the second inning. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Katie pulled a muscle in the first inning and spent the rest of the game in the dugout. Todd said watching the t-ballers laying in the dirt and picking daisies on the other field was infinitely more entertaining. I’m thinking watching grass grow would be infinitely more entertaining. Actually, I think I did see grass grow.

To make matters worse, I woke up early Saturday morning with a wicked flare up of the vasculitis. I’d thought it was going away but apparently not. So I was miserable during the endless game and couldn’t wait to get home for the anti-itch medication that knocks me out. In hindsight I wish I’d taken the medication before the game.


Yesterday was Taylor’s 15th birthday. We celebrated by going to the Cheesecake Factory last night. Such a bounty of yumminess. Each of us ended up bringing home a good portion of our dinner and a slice of cheesecake. Guess what we’re having for dinner tonight!

We may still have some years left before we can call him a man, but he’s certainly not a little boy anymore. There’s a huge part of me that misses that little boy. But at the same time I’m thoroughly enjoying the person he’s becoming. Most of the time, anyway. He is still a teenager, after all.


Somehow I managed to read three long novels during the month of April. Some of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. They are all from the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. If you’re into inspirational historical fiction at all these are a must read. In order they are:

A Voice in the Wind

Echo in the Darkness

As Sure as the Dawn


  1. Terri on May 1, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    TOO FUNNY!! I always got to watch someone picking at the grass, Joey! I found out years later that he only wanted to play baseball (or softball) so he could get a free snowcone after the game. If I’d known that, I’d have bought him a snowcone every week! I LOVE the cheesecake factory! Tell Taylor Happy Birthday from us, I actually forgot! Sorry 🙁 I like to think of him as a little boy, doesn’t seem like the time if flying by so much.

  2. Jodi_Lee_McG on May 1, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Oooooo…I have a fellow Taurean! Hopefully, he is not as hard headed and obstinate as I was at that age…and still am. Yes, I do believe if I had to watch too many of those softball games, I would have to have me a xanax martini!! lol

  3. Stacy~ on May 1, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Happy b-day to Taylor! Sounds like a good kid. I was just at Cheesecake Factory a few weeks ago – had my usual chicken madeira, and added a chocolate martini and a slice of chocolate raspberry cheesecake – after the martini I had enough food left over for 3 meals LOL.

  4. Trish on May 1, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Fifteen is really cute…they’re still such little kids but act all big.I could really go for some cheesecake right now *drool*

  5. CindyS on May 1, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Heck I can’t even watch baseball, I couldn’t imagine watching a game where no one runs! You are a good mom!Happy birthday to Taylor – the good news is that I have blocked all memories of what it was like to be 15. Just can’t remember a one ;)Hope the itchies have left – my face is so full of zits right now and I’m thinking it’s the chocolate, coke and McD’s. Something had to give I guess ;)CindyS

  6. Swishy on May 2, 2007 at 12:03 am

    I am sooooo dying for some cheesecake now! I like the chocolate raspberry truffle. And the Oreo. And the Godiva. Ahhhhhh …

  7. Rosie on May 2, 2007 at 3:34 am

    With two sons and some 26 other nieces and nevvies we have seen our share of little league and softball games. No run or time rule? That’s just cruel…to you and the kids.Francine Rivers was one of my very favorite romance writers. Have you read REDEEMING LOVE? Good book!

  8. Katybug on May 2, 2007 at 11:14 am

    While it’s fun watching kids play sports, a line MUST be drawn at some point…SOMEone must use even a tiny shred of common sense. The kids probably weren’t enjoying the game either…put the poor things (parents included!) out of their misery! This isn’t that hard to figure out! CLEARLY you guys weren’t dealing with genius material.At your recommendation, I started “A Voice in the Wind” last week. I’m in chapter 8 where Julia is protesting her arranged marriage. I was told by another friend that she really liked this story, but she had to get past a certain point before she was really into it. Not sure if I’ve hit that point yet, but I think I’m close. The first 3 chapters were pretty gory. Francine Rivers is amazing. She has never failed to impress me. Of all her books, her “Mark of the Lion” series is the one I have heard about the most. “Redeeming Love” is still my absolute favorite!!! Michael Hosea is dreeeeeeeeamy…!;-)

  9. Tara Marie on May 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Todd said watching the t-ballers laying in the dirt and picking daisies on the other field was infinitely more entertaining. Considering this is how we spend every Saturday and one evening a week, I can certainly feel your pain–LOL.Happy Birthday Taylor!!

  10. Jenster on May 2, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Terri – Those t-ball games are riviting. RIVITING, I say!! Poor Joey was so deprived he had to play baseball just for a snow cone. Too bad Aunt Jenni didn’t know how bad things were for the dear child.Jodi – I don’t know just how obstinate you are, but he’s at LEAST that stubborn!! Sweet, but as hard headed as they come!Stacy – Cheesecake Factory is really quite economical. :o)Trish – 15 is kind of cute, except for yesterday afternoon when he was pestering his little sister like nobody’s business. I wanted to condemn them both to their rooms for the next year or so.Cindy – Sorry about the zits. I’m sure they were worth it, though.Swishy – I had the raspberry white chocolate – or something like that. I’m pretty sure it was delicious, though I ate it so fast I’m not positive.Rosie – Yes, Redeeming Love is one of my favorites, too. I also liked The Scarlet Thread.Katy – Voice is good, but it really mostly sets you up for the next two. But I will tell you this. Have the second book ready to start the very nanosecond you finish the first! TRUST ME IN THIS!! I liked Voice very much, but I LOVED Echo and Dawn. They’re the kind of books that stay with you for a while.Tara – I wouldn’t wish my day at the ball park on my worst enemy! Well, maybe my worst enemy. lol

  11. Slackermommy on May 2, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    I’m amazed that you find time to read. Happy Birthday Taylor!

  12. Jodi_Lee_McG on May 2, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Yep…I be just about that obstinate. Most of the time it doesn’t even occur to me to give in. Poor kid…he’s got a lot of life-lessons before him. oy.

  13. Rowena on May 7, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    BANG! haha, just kidding!I love Cheesecake Factory, I’m thinking of taking Brenna or Mulu there for their birthdays since none of them have been there…but it’s really a treat for me! =)So your little boy is 15 already? Sheesh, that would make him a what? Freshman? Sophomore? Wow…pretty soon he’s going to be 18 and not a little boy anymore, huh?*sigh*Don’t you wish you can keep them young forever?

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